Deadlines and Important Dates
For admission in spring 2016:
Early deadline — July 1, 2015
Standard deadline — October 16, 2015
For admission in fall 2016:
Early deadline — March 1, 2016
Standard deadline — May 2, 2016
Applications submitted by the early deadline will be given priority consideration. Applicants are encouraged to submit all portfolio items as early as possible.
Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicants' credentials. A portfolio is developed for a broad-based assessment of each applicant.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
Penn State's online MBA program is suitable for individuals of diverse academic and professional backgrounds and requires no prerequisite course work. However, previous course work in accounting, economics, math, and statistics, or knowledge of these subjects gained through work experience adds to the strength of your application portfolio.
Starting Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. Applicants who are in the military qualify for an application fee waiver. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the military fee waiver code. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time, however, you may want to request two transcripts initially so that you have the second set ready to mail if you are accepted.
GPA & Test Scores — post-secondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required. GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years are required. Submit your official score report as follows:
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Pennsylvania State University, World Campus, iMBA ZZ8-JW-99.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Code 2660 for Penn State.
Applicants for the iMBA program come from diverse educational and employment backgrounds, and the GMAT and GRE provide a means for assessing each applicant against a common standard. Requiring these standardized tests ensures that you will have capable peers to network with, and assures us that we will have enrolled students who are able to succeed in the program. The GMAT or GRE requirement may only be waived if the applicant holds a doctorate-level degree. No waivers will be granted for work experience or existing graduate degrees other than those at the doctorate level.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
References — You will initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting them to complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program. All recommenders must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé (one-to two-pages) to the online application. Two years' worth of professional experience is preferred, but not required.
Statement of Intent — The statement of intent is your way to differentiate yourself from the competition. Tell us why you've decided to pursue an online MBA and why the iMBA is a good fit for you. You can also highlight the talent and experience you will bring to the iMBA program.
Application Portfolio Evaluation
The Admissions Committee considers the entire portfolio and seeks applicants that can succeed in a high-quality MBA program. GMAT scores are critical for accreditation, represent the one standardized admission criterion, and are an important element of the application portfolio. However, trade-offs between admission requirements are made (i.e., exceptional work experience and a good undergraduate GPA might offset a lower GMAT score, or a high GMAT score might offset limited work experience).
A few highly competitive merit-based scholarships are available to iMBA students who have demonstrated extraordinary personal, professional, or academic achievements, or the ability to contribute a unique perspective to the class. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, you are encouraged to submit your completed application portfolio well in advance of the application deadline. Scholarship award decisions will be made by the iMBA admissions committee. The admissions committee will consider your application portfolio as a whole with each requirement being used to make a broad-based assessment of your ability to succeed in the program.